Special Exhibits

Tallgrass to Knee High: A Century of Iowa Farming, April 14 - October 28, 2018


Tallgrass to Knee High: A Century of Iowa Farming

April 14 - October 28, 2018

On Saturday April 14, 2018 the newest exhibit, Tallgrass to Knee High: A Century of Iowa Farming will open at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum. This exhibit is sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and it showcases historical highlights of farming in Iowa and the Midwest from 1910 to our nearfuture.

This exhibition will look at crops, conservation, livestock, machinery, buildings, people and farm life in Iowa over the last 100 years. Period objects from some of these topics will be on display.The sponsor, Iowa Farm Bureau, is celebrating 100 years of service in Iowa and will display their digital timeline and memorabilila throughout the exhibit to help tell the story of farming in Iowa.

The voice of farm women will also be carried throughout the people and farm life sections of the exhibit. The “voice” will be shared through the journals of Clara Steen Skott, Alma Erickson Swanson, the newspaper column, Up A Country Lane, of Evelyn Birkby, and the blog, Corn Beans & Kids, of Val Plagge (http://www.cornbeanspigskids.com).

Curator Marcus Eckhardt works to install the life-size milking cow in the Tallgrass to Knee High exhibit.


The center of the exhibit will feature a hands on area for children. This space will have farm toys for creative play, a life sized milking cow, board games, two digital game stations and farm books.  

Farmer’s Markets have become a staple in many communities in Iowa and across the nation, allowing foods to be sold directly to the public by the farmer. The Tallgrass to Knee High farmers market will provide information about community supported Agriculture (CSA) and offer free recipes from these publications: Iowa Girl Eats, Corn Beans Pigs and Kids and Becky’s Mindful Kitchen.

The exhibit will conclude with a video that highlights family farming in Iowa and the future of the family farm. Check the website for more information about the  many public programs that will be available throughout the exhibit  - including canning classes, barn quilt classes, a farm tour and a farm to table dinner.